Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp struggles to learn Scouse - video
German manager gets a lesson in the local vernacular as Liverpool thrive under his leadership
With Liverpool adapting well to life under Jurgen Klopp, how is the German manager adapting to life in Liverpool?
If a series of videos showing the Anfield boss learning Scouse are anything to go by, then Klopp is having a whale of a time, while struggling to come to terms with the Liverpool vernacular.
In an interview with an LFCTV 'Kop Kids' reporter called Isaac, Klopp attempted to get his tongue round a few Scouse expressions. By and large he was unsuccessful but the interview has helped cement his reputation as "the nicest man in Premier League Football", says the Daily Telegraph.
Among the phrases he found hard to fathom were "giving it bifters" (to try one's hardest) and he suggested that "gorra cob on" (to be in a bad mood), sounded like the name of a snake.
However, he did succeed in mastering the term "boss", meaning good, and told his nine-year-old teacher that he would shoehorn the term into his post-match interview if Liverpool beat Man City last weekend. And after the 4-1 rout he was true to his word, reports Tony Barrett in The Times.
"While Klopp's self-deprecating approach and willingness to be light-hearted continues to win over Liverpool supporters, it is his work ethic and desire to create an environment in which players can thrive that has had the biggest effect on the dressing room."
Those claims were supported by defender Dejan Lovren, who struggled under former manager Brendan Rodgers but has praised the new regime of Klopp.
"Lovren believes several crucial aspects of Liverpool's performance have been enhanced by the German coach," says The Guardian. "He made the telling admission that it is easier to defend in Klopp's team and with a manager who believes in his qualities."
The defender said Liverpool was like a different team since Klopp had arrived. "Even if you make a mistake, afterwards he will talk to you and explain to you the wrong things and the good things," he explained.
Liverpool can qualify for the knockout stages of the Europa League with a win or a goalless draw against Bordeaux tonight, and there is more good news with the possible return of Daniel Sturridge, who has yet to play since Klopp took over at Anfield.